George Mitchell

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Dick Bogle, The Skanner

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This is an extraordinarily fine recording by keyboardist George Mitchell's band. I only wish the group was working regularly so folks could enjoy it at will.

Aside from the obvious talent of its leader, Mitchell, the rhythm section of bassist Scott Steed and drummer Chris Leee is so together, always there with the right touches. Seriously, the way they integrate their playing is reminiscient of Ahmad Jamal's section. Add guitarist Dan Balmer and the work of saxophonists Patrick Lamb and Rob Davis - who is heard only on "Uniforms" - and we hear a scintillating group of solid pros.

Mitchell makes an ethnic declaration on organ with his "Croation Sensation," and Lamb soars soulfully on this uptempo swinger. Balmer follows with an inspired solo, setting the stage for Mitchell, who takes the final solo.

One can almost feel burning cheeks as Mitchell and crew take it down a notch for "Slow Hot Wind." Mitchell turns to the piano for "Thank You, New York." Steed contributes a marvelous bass solo with Lee laying back, supplying some of those perfect touches. FIVE STARS






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